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I realize discussion of Middle Atlantic racks has been exhaustive here, but I'm trying to find out definitively what is the most popular standard rack chosen? The back of my rack will be exposed, so I don't need a slide out model. All of the equipment will be standard size.

I've seen the Slim 5 series mentioned a couple times. Is this a good choice? Also, who do you recommend to order the rack from online?
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Slim 5 is what I purchased. Seems fine for my purpose. I'm sure it would be fine for you too.

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I got the deeper version 26 inches?

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Slim 5 is what I'm looking at as well.

Still deciding on 20 or 26" depth.
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Is the Slim 5 sturdy when free-standing? It looks rickety all by itself but I imagine that any gear that has rear "ears" connected improves the rigidity. I've been looking at the 5-37 20" deep. My Antec p182 would fit in that depth (vertically) with just a bit of space needed for it's cables.
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It's very sturdy by it's self, but as you add more panels to the front and back of course it will become even more so.

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Yes ,Slim 5 here as well extremely sturdy ,versatile piece.

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Actually the Slim5 is the lowest end of the racks Mid Atlantic sells. It's still a great rack for built in HT's. I have four myself. But if you are going to have the rack free standing and not built into the wall, they make much better units. They do cost a lot more though.

On the Slim5, the vertical rails are part of the rack structure. On the higher and models, the rails are just to support the equipment and the rack is built as a frame to hold them.

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Thanks guys. It looks like the Slim 5 is probably the most popular.

Any recommendations on the best place to order online?
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Partsexpress is $306 for the 5-37 and shipping ups ground is ~$30.

Musician's friend doesn't carry the slim line, which is too bad since they have free shipping on most items over $100.
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An AV forum member pointed me to RSEM:

http://www.rsem.com

Great prices and customer service. They also do custom shelves if you're interested in that application as well ...
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An AV forum member pointed me to RSEM:

http://www.rsem.com

Great prices and customer service. They also do custom shelves if you're interested in that application as well ...

Well at least for shelves Westlake Electronic is 10% cheaper. Not sure how they match up shipping wise.

Definitely google prices.

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I got mine a couple years ago from BSW online with free shipping (I think I called their 800 # to get the free shipping, it wanted to charge extra through the online shopping cart). Best price I could find at the time.
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I am about to pull the trigger on a 29U or 27U Slim-5 but I am trying to decide if I should go with the 20" or 26" deep versions.

Any advice from the group on the pros/cons of these different depths? At the moment I don't think any of my equipment is deeper than 20" (although the UPS/Surge is 18" deep before plugs), so 20" shelves would be fine - I'm just wondering if the 26" helps (or hurts) with cable routing and keeping things nice and clean....

I was also considering of placing a few components (mainly patch panels and perhaps a rack-mount Enet switch) on the back rail, so I guess that is one consideration pushing me in the favor of 26" deep.... just want to ensure it won't create some issues I've not thought about.

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Take this with a grain of salt, as I don't have a rack yet. However, it seems that 26 inch shelves would just give you and extra 6 inches of dust collection.

Beyond the obvious of having equipment that is longer than 20", I can't surmise any advantage for having deeper shelves.

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I ended up going with the 26" - waiting on it to arrive -hopefully in time for the weekend to install, but likely not until next Monday/Tue.

The shelf depth / dust collection is not an issue as I won't be using full depth shelves - the shelves only going to be as deep as needed for the equipment (going to use the custom faceplate shelves). What pushed me to the 26 was just a little extra flexibility in terms of mounting things on the back side - such as a rack-mount Ethernet switch or some patch panels, etc....
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Question on the slim 5 weight handling. What's the diff between 400lbs UL rated and 1000lbs static. Big difference and if I use the UL max it drives me to use a more expensive rack.
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This seems to be the "go to" rack from what I've been seeing.

Any particular reason it's so popular ?

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It's a "bare bones" rack, which is designed to be built in (as opposed to freestanding), and it's relatively cheap (for the MA line. Used it in my last 2 theaters, and been very happy with it.
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AXS-R is another rack to look at. Little more money than Slim-5 but well worth the added convenience.
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Question on the slim 5 weight handling. What's the diff between 400lbs UL rated and 1000lbs static. Big difference and if I use the UL max it drives me to use a more expensive rack.

What size slim5 are those ratings for?

I have a slim5 29u 26" deep rack and that sucker is as sturdy as can be. At my last house I had 3 avr's an emotiva amp, sony 400 blu ray disk mega changer full of disks and other components and it held up fine. Not to mention the shelves that were in there too were really heavy as well.

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Slim5 for built-in, AXS for slide out.

Lowell and Chief (Raxxess) have comparable units.

MA offers several welded racks, that ship assembled. The RCS is the newest, that ships with lots of extra (including casters and some shelves).

The 26" depth is the way to go, if you have the space; lots of room for cable management, if you have OCD tendencies.

MA is the market leader, and offers quality and good design. The Lowell and Chief products are comparable, IMO, but lack the reputation.

When budgeting a rack, include lacer/lacing bars, for cable management.

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All the sizes of the Slim 5 have the save load rating so I have to go with the 400lb rating. So looking at another good idea.
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